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    THE EXPLORE STAGE

    The EXPLORE stage runs for two non-consecutive days and sees each mentor taking their students out of school so that their students can start to experience the worlds of creative industry and higher education. These days are a rare opportunity for the students, and every year their feedback tells us that this stage is particularly enjoyable and memorable for them.

    EXPLORING THE WORLD OF WORK
    Students have the chance to participate in behind-the-scenes tours and to speak with creative entrepreneurs, university lecturers, college and university students, and business professionals. As a result, students begin to make connections with industry specialists and gain a deeper working understanding of their chosen creative area. The tours, both of industry and further education, showcase the academic and vocational routes that are available in each creative sector – and dispel the myth that the arts, design, media or creative industries are a soft option to take.

    EXPLORE WORKSHOPS

    A powerful way of looking at the world

    It seems that during this surreal time in our lives, we have found peace in drawing, colouring-in, making art. For instance, we have seen...

    Isolated, yet free with their stories.

    It is remarkable that the animation industry is so prominent in the Northeast, yet very few are actually aware of it. There are quality...

    Changing the world, one story at a time.

    It’s a funny one. Back in November 2019, the TICE team gathered for a trend forecasting meeting which helps shape the annual themes and...

    Someone who doesn’t just think outside the box but gets rid of it completely

    The graphic design industry (as well as the design industry in its entirety) is moving at such a fast pace, it can be difficult...

    Let’s encourage young people to use music as a tool to adapt to the new world we live in.

    There are countless aspects which make the North East music scene so rich and exciting. Our beloved venues, an impressive list of rising artists...

    Every photo we take has become more poignant than ever before.

    As the world continues to adjust to the ‘new normal’ (whatever that means), we are continuing to witness the consequences on the creative industries....

    “I am confident that this is the industry I want to work in when I’m older”

    I think the most difficult thing for a teenager interested in fashion, particularly from the North East of England, where most young people wrongly...

    Discovering Colour and Jaw-Dropping Studios

    The Graphic Design industry is constantly evolving, as technology plays a powerful role in making things faster, advanced and more trend-focused than ever before. So, for...

    Covering Classics and Heading Backstage

    What exactly is the dream scenario for an aspiring musician? Many assume it’s the idea of being on stage and touring the world…but what about backstage?...